The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess.Written by
Portraying Dr. Ping was famous French mime Marcel Marceau who was cast against type playing a very talky speaking part. See more »
In the beginning, Barbarella is in zero gravity, yet her hair falls down toward the ground. See more »
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In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »
In 1968, all the legislative rules about not showing female nudity were applied by the Australian Film Censorship Board, when BARBARELLA was classified (SOA) SUITABLE ONLY FOR ADULTS. - - - The Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "all shots of female nudity" i.e. Australia Film Censorship Board insisted that the brief female nudity is never seen by Australians. - - - In 1968 BARBARELLA quickly became a cult movie film outside Australia, because under the pretext of Jane Fonda completely removing her spacesuit, Jane Fonda does a revealing zero-gravity striptease during the 4:49 minutes of opening credits, whilst the title theme song is performed by The Glitterhouse. Bright white animated titles are used, where the letters forming the words, move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity, plus there is visual blurring to hide Jane Fonda's incomplete nakedness. - - - Projected in glorious SPLICE-ARAMA, BARBARELLA when shown in Australian cinemas on its first theatrical release, at the request of the Australian Film Censorship Board the movie had all nudity eliminated. Because of large number of censorship cuts in the opening credits to remove all the female nudity, the title theme song also had some lyrics cut. These are the six sequences of cuts during the opening credits sequence:- Before the title sequence says "David Hemmings" cut 3:46 to 3:47 left breast and nipple, then cut 3:41 to 3:56 right breast and nipple, then cut 4:08 to 4:14 left and right breast and nipples. Before the title sequence says "Dino De Laurentis" cut 4:15 to 4:17 left breast and nipple, then cut 4:30 to 4:43 right breast nipple then left breast nipple. Before the title sequence says "Roger Vadim" cut 4:45 to 4:50 left breast and nipple then right breast and nipple. - - - Inside her spaceship, cut 8:32 to 8:34 brief rear view of Jane Fonda - - - In the labyrinth sequences, the topless women, cut 32:42 to 32:45 then cut 33:38 to 33:50 then cut 39:29 to 39:40 - - - All the topless women plus the woman suspended from the ceiling, in the city of Sogo sequences, cut 71:21 to 71:41 then cut 72:52 to 73:01 - - - See more »
'Camp: so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing.'
'Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy' is the epitome of 'camp.' The year was 1968, I was in my first year of graduate school, about to get married. I knew of 'Barbarella' but I had never seen it, until today. I think waiting 36 years has actually made the experience better. This is not by any definition a good movie. Jane Fonda, a very bright actress, plays Barbarella suitably as an 'innocent' sent on a mission to a distant galaxy to find the Earthling scientist Durand Durand and bring him back, along with his invention. The story itself is secondary, the charm of the movie resides in all the sexual situations that innocent Barbarella finds herself in. A perfect vehicle for the wild 1960s. The package blurb says 'she acts like a female James Bond.' Hardly. More like a female Austin Powers, and some of the characters would have fit better in a Monty Python movie.
The DVD is fine for an old movie, although blemishes are quite evident. What puzzles me is the 'PG' rating listed on the package and the disk. The opening scene, of Barbarella getting out of her space suit in the weightlessness of her spacecraft, clearly shows her breasts, and her nude butt. Very nice breasts and butt, at that, nonetheless inconsistent with a 'PG' rating. Plus many other scenes in the movie show groups of men and women in alluring positions, again with some obvious female nudity. So anyone who plans to view this movie with those under 18 should be aware of this. For an adult audience, it should not be an issue at all.
May 2013 update: It is now on Netflix streaming movies, with a rating of "R", and comes across very well.
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